SS John Glenn near the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (May 16, 2018) – The 9th Commercial Resupply Services (awarded by NASA) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by Orbital ATK is targeted for launch no earlier than 5:04 a.m. EDT on May 20th. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule will host multiple payloads sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory (managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space). These payloads represent a diverse combination of science (life and materials sciences, chemistry evaluations), technology, small satellites, and the replenishment of hardware facilities to support future research. Additionally, multiple investigations will launch to station focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Below are research videos and highlights of sponsored ISS National Lab investigations that are part of this mission:
AeroCube 12A & B
The Aerospace Corporation (El Segundo, CA)
The AeroCube 12 (AC12) program consists of two nearly identical spacecraft that will demonstrate new star-tracker imaging sensors, a variety of nanotechnology payloads, advanced solar cells, and an electric propulsion system on one of the two satellites. The experiments performed with the AC12 program will build upon technologies tested on the AC8 CubeSats, which ...